I have, in the course of my time in the community, been nominated for a fair number of awards.  I never win any, to be clear, and that’s really ok, though it’s always easier to lose when you lose to people whom you would vote for over yourself, too.

I got a notice in my email today that I’d been nominated for a Pantheon of Leather award.

The Pantheon of Leather is one of the major award groups in the Leather community.  There are some other awards, too, obviously, but Pantheon is kind of the Academy Awards of Leather, in that there are a lot of different awards for a lot of different categories.

There are six or eight regions, and there are usually between four and six nominees in each category.  There are also some more national categories, Man and Woman of the Year, Couple of the Year, Male and Female Community Choice, multiple President’s Award, Large Group, Large Event, Small Group, Small Event, Business Person, Canadian Awards, etc.

It’s a lot of awards.

I’ve been nominated in the past for Southeast Regional Awards.  I’ve been nominated for Woman of the Year and slave drew and I have been nominated for Couple of the Year also.

The Pantheon site has this to say about its process last year:

Nominations were accepted in January and February.
A committee selected Nominee Finalists from the list of nearly 450 submitted.
There were about 190 Nominee Finalists in a total in 27 categories.
Nominee Finalists were notified and given an opportunity to supply a biography in their own words for the Selection Panel to consider.
The Selection Panel, made up of individuals who received awards last year, cast their votes in mid-May to determine this year’s award recipients.
Regional Award Recipients were announced during a press conference on the Leather Mart stage at International Mr. Leather.
All Pantheon of Leather Community Service Awards including the Regional Awards and the Major Awards were presented at the Sanctuary Studios LAX on Friday  night, August 5.

So it really IS an honor just to be nominated, because simply having your name submitted doesn’t guarantee you a nomination.

I was nominated this year for an award I’ve never been nominated for previously, the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Lifetime achievement is a pretty broad description, isn’t it?   It does tend to make me think about my lifetime and what I feel that I’ve achieved.

Not as much as I wanted, certainly.

More than I thought I would.

The Louisville Munch is still going strong, nearly 15 years later.

I’ve presented at probably 60 or 70 events, at least.  That probably represents close to 1500 people in one class or another.  I’ve done classes where only one showed up, and classes where 40 or 50 showed up, and everything in between.

I’ve written things that have been useful to others, and that they found insightful.

I’ve put on events, produced Leather contests and Leather contestants who went on to win other titles.

I’ve founded groups, and worked on them.  Some of them worked out, some of them didn’t.

I won’t win this award, I would be beyond shocked if I did.  I don’t know who else is nominated this year, but I know the caliber of women who are, and I am not being disingenuous when I say that.  Last year’s nominees included Glenda Rider, Jill Carter, Joanne Gaddy, Laura Antoniou and Sharrin Spector.

That’s pretty heady names among which to list my own.

About MsConstanceExplains

Ms Constance has been actively involved in the BDSM/Leather community since the mid-1990’s. She is the Founder of the Louisville Munch as well as its hostess for ten years, from 1997 to 2007, and was christened as “Louisville’s First Lady” by her community. As a member of various BDSM/Leather organizations, she has been nominated for Pantheon Woman of the Year as well as regional awards, and has been nominated with her slave, drew, for Pantheon Couple of the Year. She serves as Special Events Director for the Great Lakes Leather Alliance. She produces the Bluegrass Leather Pride Contest, sending contestants to Great Lakes Leather Weekend, and was Presenters Committee Chair for Leather Leadership Conference 2010 Great Lakes/Ontario. She has produced and judged Leather events and contests, been instrumental in the organization and creation of various groups and clubs, advised and encouraged other communities and endeavors, and produced a performance by a BDSM comedian. Groups around the country use her writings in information and introductory packets, and she is an occasional columnist as well. She and slave drew hold the titles of Great Lakes Master and slave 2003.

Posted on June 18, 2012, in Events, Kink Community, Leather, Leather Contests. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Congratulations on your Pantheon of Leather Award nomination this year! APPLAUSE!

    • Thank you for always being so supportive. In all the time I’ve known you, you have always been one of the people who noticed what I did, and congratulated me on it. I do appreciate it, and I appreciate you, too.

      I also hate that you’re not in Kentucky anymore, even though I understand it. I’m going to move my Bluegrass Leather Pride contest to the first of March next year, if that coincides with any of your Kentucky travels.

  2. Congratulations on being nominated! It sounds like that’s quite an honor in itself, regardless of whether you win or not!

    One more reason i’m proud to know you.


    • It actually is an honor, but it’s sort of like when you qualify for AARP benefits – you’re glad for the bonus, but you recognize there’s some age items working there, too. But thanks anyway, I do appreciate it.

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